The Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) saves and protects Montana’s historic places, traditional landscapes, and cultural heritage. We are the only statewide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing Montanans with the resources necessary to preserve our state’s unique history and culture. Our goal is to achieve a diverse array of preservation initiatives ranging from roof repair and building stabilization to school education programs and cultural landscape documentation. Through our conferences and workshops, lobbying efforts, restoration programs, Preservation Excellence Awards and publications, MPA provides individuals and communities with the leadership and knowledge to preserve our past for the future.
We are a state-wide organization based in Helena, meaning we strive to educate and assist people from St. Regis to Wibaux.
We actively help protect and promote iconic historic structures in Helena, including the Fire Tower, Reeders Alley, and the Archie Bray Foundation, by contributing our architectural preservation knowledge as well as our grant writing services. We were deeply involved in the conversation about Central School and hope that by promoting our organization we can help save this type of historic structure within the city. We also work closely with the Montana History Foundation, the Montana Historical Society, Friends of the Fire Tower, and the Lewis and Clark Historic Preservation Commission all of which are based locally.
Bi-annually we host the Preservation Road Show to promote the history of a rural town or region. In the summer of 2020 our group is headed to White Sulpher Springs to dig deeper into the town that is nearly as old as Bannack, but still alive with a rich culture and full of historic structures and cultural landscapes. The first step in that process is completing a survey of downtown, and working with the local historical society and property owners to encourage downtown revitalization.
MPA is a membership organization with over 350 members. We are supported by grants from local, state, and federal agencies, private donors, and private foundations. We also provide contract services for various preservation projects across the state.
The AFCN funds will be used toward matching grants and membership donations which we have already secured. This allows us to continue our work on projects like the 2020 Road Show, the Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey, and creating window preservation curriculum.